KEYSER, Hendrick de
(b. 1565, Utrecht, d. 1621, Amsterdam)

Tomb of William the Silent

Marble and bronze. height 765 cm
Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

Commissioned in 1614 by the States General from Hendrick de Keyser, William's marble and bronze tomb was finished by Hendrick's son, Pieter. Seated at the head of the white marble 'gisant', the bronze figure of the Prince of Orange, dressed in armor, presumably looks to his army. At the foot of the recumbent statue is a bronze Fame, and the corner figures of Justice, Prudence, Religion, and Liberty comlpete the tomb's symbolic program. Stressing his monument's architectural character, De Keyser has made his sculptures serve the structure. The figures combine a thorough understanding of Renaissance forms with the realism and modes of expression characteristic of Dutch Calvinism. De Keyser was also responsible for numerous architectural projects.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.